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Ted Silary has covered high school sports in Philadelphia since December 1975, first for two years for the old Philadelphia Bulletin, then from December 1977 through August 2013 for the Philadelphia Daily News. then from September 2015 through March 2018 for his alma mater, Penn Charter. He now takes photos for his local high school, Eastern Regional (NJ), while continuing to maintain this website, which debuted late in the 1999-2000 basketball season.
During his Philly newspaper career, he specifically covered the city beat, which includes the Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac Leagues.
Ted lived on Rittenhouse Street, in East Germantown, until age 12 and then moved to a small section of Springfield, Montgomery County, called Northwoods. The nearby towns are Oreland and Glenside. Ted began his writing career while a student at Penn Charter (class of '69). Each Monday, en route to school, he dropped off weekly wrapups of PC sports activities at the offices of The Germantown Courier.
While spending two years at Ithaca College, Ted majored in TV-radio, announced several basketball games on the campus radio station and learned from such guest lecturers as "Twilight Zone" creator Rod Serling.
After transferring to Temple, he began working part-time as a sports reporter/proofreader at Montgomery Newspapers, in Fort Washington, and became a full-time staff member in the spring of 1972.
His bosses/mentors in the newspaper business were Ray Corley, Germantown Courier; Art Wolfe (RIP), Montgomery Newspapers; Herb Stutz, Philadelphia Bulletin; and nine men at the Philadelphia Daily News -- executive sports editors Mike Rathet, Pat McLoone and Josh Barnett and sports editors Gene Quinn, Brian Toolan, Pat McLoone, Caesar Alsop (RIP), Josh Barnett and Chuck Bausman. Ted wrote about Pat when he played basketball for La Salle High.
Many times through the years, Ted was given opportunities to "move up" in the business by switching to college or professional beats. He politely declined. His feelings on the matter: Why would I give up the best job at this paper? There's nothing more enjoyable than reporting on the triumphs of young people.